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Tallinn International Horse Show

Tallinn International Horse Show 2019

17. Tallinn International Horse Show proved once again that the Estonian audience enjoys equestrian sport immensely. The exciting sports event and magical show filled the Saku Suurhall and offered a truly memorable experience to the spectators.

When will the second place curse of the Estonian riders be broken, many must have asked themselves Sunday evening when winners of the show jumping World Cup qualifier were announced. The victory was close – and it was snatched away by a Latvian athlete again, this time Laura Penele. Our riders of the younger generation, Paul-Richard Argus and Kullo Kender have been stepping on Rein Pill and Co’s heels this year and we are hoping more good results in the near future.  Dressage fans also rejoiced over Dina Ellermannis great result in the dressage World Cup qualifier. Although the victory remained elusive this time, Dina and Donna are only in the beginning of their Grand Prix journey and their best performances are yet to come.

Friday evening and Sunday afternoon the audience was enchanted by the beautiful, moving and amazing performance of Santi Serra form Spain.  Warm and sincere Santi captured the audience in a heartbeat. Even people who have decades of  experience with horses  asked “How on earth does he do that?” when Santi made his horses sit, lie down and run around him with incredible ease.

Saturday afternoon magical sounds and striking light effects filled the arena when Tiit Kikas took the stage. During the magnificent laser show oohs and ahhs were heard from the amazed audience.

On a more serious note,  Tõnis Niinemets urged people to use natural resources more mindfully.   The symbolic quadrille of horse-drawn carriages and Škodas fueled by CNG was prepared in cooperation of Alexela and Auto 100.  In conclusion, Alexela board member Alan Vaht exhorted everybody to help turn the red lines of climate change back into blue.

All those emotions can be recaptured via video-on-demand service of Postimees,  ratsutamine.postimees.ee. Also, a Horse Show special can be seen on Friday, October 11 on ETV2 and again on October  13, on ERR.

We will meet again in Saku Suurhall, in 2020!

10.10.2019

 

Dressage GP Freestyle winner Rose Mathisen (SWE) and Zuidenwind 1187. Photo: Celin Lannusalu

 

Alexela GP winners Laura Penele (LAT) and Dundas V.D.M.
© Photo: Mari Ann Selge / selge.smugmug.com

 

Tallinn International Horse Show 2018

True emotions  – these are the words that can be used to recap the 16th Tallinn International Horse Show that took place from October 5 to October 7 in the familiar Saku Suurhall.

This time we only managed to come very close to the most important victories but we still rejoiced  over the dressage World Cup qualifier of  Dina Ellermann and Landy’s  Akvarel and the show jumping World Cup qualifier of Hanno Ellermann and Freedom. Dina and Akva set a new personal record and Hanno was sincerely  surprised at the great achievement of his  young horse.

The organizers of the Horse Show, in turn, were suprised at the attendance and the popularity of the event. Almost incredibly, the Saturday’s  tickets reserved for advance sale were sold out a week before the event started. Seeing that the Horse Show is eagerly awaited and important for so many people of Estonia and neighbouring countries also motivates us in organizing the 17th Tallinn International Horse Show.

We’ll meet again in 2019, October 4 to October 6!

 

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Dressage GP Freestyle winners Natalie Oldfors (SWE) and Mickey M. Photo: Magnus Järve

Alexela GP winners Kristaps Neretnieks (LAT) and Moon Ray. Photo: Celin Lannusalu

15th Tallinn International Horse Show

October 6 to October 2017 was the historical weekend of the jubilee Tallinn International  Horse Show.

The jubilee event brought about several innovations, the most important and the most extensive for the organizers being the change in the ticket system. For the first time the visitors had the option to purchase tickets for specific numbered seats. In addition, Saturday was divided into two parts. Now we can say that the audience quickly approved the innovation and everything went without major incidents.

This year a new web page was also created and turned out to be highly popular, especially among smart phone users.

The competition itself delighted us with excitement and good results of our athletes. Once again, dressage was on the program and long-awaited World Cup qualifier victory came to Estonia. Dina Ellermann and Landy’s Akvarel  have been Estonia’s number 1 rider/horse combination for a long time and finally this important victory came, too. The World Cup qualifier in show jumping on Sunday, sponsored by Alexela, was also gripping for the audience. Although Urmas Raag and Ibelle van de Grote Haart were deprived of the victory by such a narrow margin, the class still ended on a positive note. Michal Kazmierczak on  Stakorado took the World Cup Qualifier victory to Poland.

All together,  633 starts were made in these three days, 253 horses and 170 riders from 11 countries competed in various classes. Around 12 000 spectators visited Saku Suurhall and all this came into being thanks to  40 supporters and cooperation partners.

Winner of World Cup Qualifier – Michal Kazmierczak on Stakorado. Photo: Magnus Järve